Done great things and we are filled with joy

Bring back our captivity, O Lord,

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I was reading Psalms 126 when I read this verse that made be pause. What does it mean? Why is the writer requesting to be brought back into captivity?

To understand it fully, context is the key. In church circles today, we’ve forgotten what it means to read a passage as the writer meant it and instead we read it as we want to see it. While we don’t know for sure, this passage seems to be pointing to the Babylonian captivity.

vs 1-3: these verses address God’s restoration out of captivity. Restoration was so powerful it didn’t feel real, but instead as a dream. I think we’ve all had that experience at some point. We can all understand this, right? I picture my wedding day, a smile so big I couldn’t help it. Next we get laughter, singing, “The Lord has done great things for us”. The celebration, this song only gets more powerful. The Lord has brought us out of captivity, definitely great, great things. For them, for us, so blessed. Apparently(I didn’t realize until having Samantha proof this post), vs 3 was on our wedding invitations. 

Unfortunately this song seems to not be anywhere on the web, so I apologize for the video, but this song is straight from the chapter:

vs 4: they want restoration. But what does “As the streams in the South” mean? Doing some research, they are discussing an arid region of Beersheba called Negev. During the summer, the streams dried up and provided nothing. When the spring rains came the streams would fill up and quickly flood. They’re asking to be flooded with God’s goodness. Flooded.

vs 5-6: being hopeful that your repentance will bring a harvest to your land. That turning back towards God will revive you. This is something we all hope for.

These lessons are so vital. Testify and celebrate what God has done for us, call on God to flood us with His fortune and riches of His joy, and let us come before God humble and repentant so we can reap His harvest.

I’ve been really enjoying the Psalms lately by doing it a little different: read the psalm, look for historic basis, read the background, then re-read. The strength of these passages becomes more real. We see the struggle or triumph as the writer meant it in his emotional state. This then makes it very easy to transfer into application.

Bring back our captivity, O Lord,

As the streams in the South.

Amen.